House passes Con-Con Bill, 301-7

The House of Representatives on Tuesday propped its bid to amend the Constitution by passing House Bill 7352, the Constitutional Convention or Con-Con Bill, with a vote of 301 in favor and seven against.

Speaker Martin Romualdez presided over the nominal voting for the measure in Resolution of Both House 6 calling on the Senate to agree to tweak the so-called Cory Constitution of 1987.

Among those who opposed the measure were Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado, Basilan Rep. Mujiv Hataman, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, and the three-member Makabayan bloc, namely, Gabriela Rep. Arlene Brosas, Kabataan Rep. Raoul Manuel and ACT Rep. France Castro.

It was yet to be put on record in the House the seventh lawmaker who opposed the measure.

The Con-Con, if constituted, will have sectoral representatives, comprising 20 percent of the total delegates, to be appointed jointly by the Senate President and the House Speaker.

The House-approved measure was immediately transmitted to the Senate.

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez on Monday said the mostly anti-cha-cha senators must not brush aside their 301 counterparts from the House.

“The Senate cannot and should not ignore our initiative, which is an expression of the people’s consensus we gathered in our recent nationwide public hearings and consultations,” Rodriguez said.

Senate President Miguel Zubiri previously said that amending the 1987 Constitution without the President’s backing would be difficult and that it would be costly and time-consuming.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said there are enough laws to entice foreign investors to come in without tinkering with the Constitution.

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